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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name's mike embley. our top stories: huawei isn't backing down. the chinese technology giant announces that it's suing the us government. republican senator martha mcsally says she was raped by a senior officer while serving in the military. i blame myself. i was ashamed and confused. i thought i was strong. but felt powerless. behind bars — the us singer r kelly is back in custody after a court hearing over unpaid child support. and we talk to the celebrated photographer who's been documenting british society for nearly half a century.
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the giant chinese telecoms company, huawei, has announced that it is suing the us government over a ban on its products. the us claims that huawei's equipment presents a security risk. here's the moment huawei's rotating chairman, guo ping, announced the company has filed a lawsuit against the us. today huawei announced it has filed a lawsuit against the us government. to challenge the constitutionality of the section of the 2019 national defence authority act. the us congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its
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restrictions on huawei products. after exhausting all other means to allay the thoughts of us lawmakers, we are left with no choice but to challenge the law in court. let's cross live to our china correspondent, stephen mcdonell, who's in beijing. how significant a moment would you say this? it's a big moment. huawei has come out all guns blazing, on the same day that the senior huawei executive, meng wa nzhou the same day that the senior huawei executive, meng wanzhou appeared in court in canada facing extradition proceedings to the united states. that's about alleged breaches of sanctions in a wrong. it comes out and announces it is suing the us and on all us companies, government departments, from using huawei
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technology. as we heard that, huawei is saying the us congress has not produced evidence that it has used its equipment to spy on people, that its equipment to spy on people, that it has apparently, according to huawei, the us government has acted asjudge, jury huawei, the us government has acted as judge, jury and executioner and is huawei went even further and said that the us government has hacked huawei's servers and stolen e—mails from huawei and there saying that on the other hand, washington has no evidence that there are spying on american citizens and that all of this. american consumers from having access to their products. to huawei building a 56 network there. this is not just the building a 56 network there. this is notjust the us government. several governments are investigating whether to buy mac software is vulnerable to hacking and also it is a fact, isn't it that under chinese
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law, huawei would be obliged to give up law, huawei would be obliged to give up confidential information to the government it if asked for it question of in several western countries, intelligence agencies have informed their governments that it's too big a risk to allow huawei, which was closely to the chinese government, to allow them to build a piece of infrastructure like a 56 network and the intelligence agencies have said that it is too late to wait on to later on when the whole network is built to see if huawei turns around and spies on us. all chinese government... all chinese companies are really bound here to do what the government says. and so, the thinking goes that if one day beijing called on huawei to use the equipment to spy on people in other countries, how could huawei say no? i should add that the
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flipside of this is that there's no way the chinese communist party would allow a foreign company to build a 56 at tokyo. there is an element of, i suppose, hypocrisy in terms of these allegations against the united states. more on that to come. the first woman to fly in combat for the us air force says she was raped by a superior officer while serving in the military. martha mcsally, who's a united states senator, said she did not report the attack at the time because she lacked faith in the system. ramzan karmali has the details. she was the first woman fighter pilot to fly in combat. but today, senator mcsally met a stunning revelation in her colleagues at washington. either sexual assault survivor, but unlike so many brave survivors, i didn't report being sexually assaulted. this evidence was the first time in public, but
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not the first time she had told authorities what had happened. not the first time she had told authorities what had happenedlj not the first time she had told authorities what had happened. i was preyed upon, and then raped by superior officer. a stateside for many years, but late in my career as a military grapple with scandals and the wholly inadequate responses, and felt the need to let some people know, i too, felt the need to let some people know, itoo, was felt the need to let some people know, i too, was a survivor. 0ne felt the need to let some people know, i too, was a survivor. one was horrified at how my attempt to shed generally my experiences were handled. but almost separated from the airports at at&t‘s over my despair. like many victims, ifelt the system was raping me all over again. mcsally entered politics to the after leaving the air force in 2010. and she campaigned hard in arizona in 2018. using her military background to gain support. an air
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force spokesperson apologised to senator mcsally and said, the criminal actions reported today by senator mcsally violate every part of what it means to be a airman. they were set fast on their commitment to eliminate this reprehensible behaviour. a member of the committee, also a combat vetera n, the committee, also a combat veteran, said that the military failed to tackling sexual assault. her of the committee want to know what more can be done to bring the perpetrators to justice. rebecca fears is a forensic nurse which spent the vast majority of her career treating sexual assault victims. she worked for a time at the landstuhl regional medical center in germany the largest military hopsital outside the united states. thank you for your time. in a news bulletin, would never have quite enough time to do justice to something as important as this but for many people it will be striking that even senator mcsally says she blames herself, which will be awful
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for many people to hear. that is very awful to hear her say, and it is very typical. frequently have victims tell me how it their fault 01’ victims tell me how it their fault or they did something they shouldn't have done. when that's not the case. tell us something more about your experience. einar, too, there were signs the figures are increasing. you think the problem is getting worse 01’ more you think the problem is getting worse or more people you think the problem is getting worse 01’ more people are you think the problem is getting worse or more people are reporting? i think it's both. think more people are coming forward and the problem is still very real. tell us more of us is still very real. tell us more of us of the cases to be seen, if you came. the soldiers had to come forward , came. the soldiers had to come forward, there are often times would watching somebody inside the chain of command, some of that has com plete of command, some of that has complete control and authority over the person, they will then, the access to schools, the promotions, there are a lot of reasons why assault you wouldn't come forward
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immediately, today reporting. so you may be completely effectively end the power of the person who has abused you ? the power of the person who has abused you? there are instances where a victim is in a situation of the perpetrator. this is still the issue? this is still an issue. what more can be done can you say? we have to open the door and have a conversation about sex in the first place. they think many people are relu cta nt to place. they think many people are reluctant to do that, they don't felt comfortable. but if we can't have that real conversation about consensual sex, to have a conversation about something that nonconsensual? something extraordinary that i had not read about, which is clearly my ignorance, but it's unimaginable that the military would be bringing in convicted sex offenders, granted them wafers. people who had a history of this kind of behaviour. it doesn't make sense to be either.
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—— to me. it is still the case? it was at one time that the recruiting standards were very low. how much confidence to you the military and the government can sort this out? at this point in my my confidence is very low. i think they've had ample opportunity, i know that a lot of people have worked on this but it's still not enough. thank you so much for talking to us, that we can talk to you again. let's get some of the day's other news. a second senior figure in the police service has criticised the british prime minister for her response to the upsurge in knife crime in the uk. lord stevens, former head of london's metropolitan police, told the bbc theresa may "hasn't listened" to police concerns. at an emergency meeting, home secretary sajid javid has asked police to outline the extra investment they need, and said he'll do all he can to provide it.
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venezuela's goverment is expelling the german ambassador for what it says is interference in its internal affairs. martin kriener has been given 48 hours to leave. he was one of the foreign diplomats who went to the airport in caracas to greet opposition leader juan guaido as he returned to the country. president trump has said he will be "very disappointed" if north korea is rebuilding missile test facilities it promised to dismantle. satellite images taken two days after his talks with kim jong—un broke down in vietnam appear to show the rapid rebuilding of structures at the sohae rocket launch pad. the singer r kelly is back behind bars after a court hearing in chicago on unpaid child support. cook county sheriff's office says he will be detained until he pays more than $160,000 he owes. it's just hours since a tv interview in which he angrily denied allegations of sexual abuse. this report from our north america correspondent nick bryant.
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# i believe i can fly... r kelly is one of the bestselling musicians of all time. # i believe i can touch the sky... but last month in chicago he was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four alleged victims, three of whom were underage girls. today he went on american television to claim the allegations against him were baseless. is this camera on me? yes, it's on. that's stupid! use your common sense. don't. .. forget the blogs, forget about how you feel about me. hate me if you want to, love me if you want to. just use your common sense. how stupid would it be for me to, with my crazy past and what i've been through... "0h, right now i think ijust need to be a monster and hold girls against theirwill, chain them up in my basement." have you ever had sex... no. ..with anyone under the age of 17? no. never? no. i have to tell you, it's so hard to believe that based on...
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this was the first time he's spoken out, and he struggled to contain his emotions. i didn't do this stuff! this is not me! i'm fighting for my bleep life. y'all killing me with this bleep! i gave you 30 years of my bleep career. robert... 30 years of my career! and y'all trying to kill me. you're killing me, man! r kelly has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him, but will a jury believed his protestations of innocence? nick bryant, bbc news, new york. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: i'm going to fight this and i'm going to keep working and that the love and support of my family and friends... legendary quiz show host alex trebek in a defiant mood after confirming he's suffering from stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
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first, the plates slid gently off the restaurant tables. then suddenly, the tables, the chairs and people crashed sideways and downwards, and it was just a matter of seconds as the ferry lurched onto her side. the hydrogen bomb. on a remote pacific atoll, the americans had successfully tested a weapon whose explosive force dwarfed that of the bomb dropped on hiroshima. i had heard the news earlier, and so my heart went bang, bang, bang! the constitutional rights of these marchers are their rights as citizens of the united states, and they should be protected even in the right to test them out, so that they don't get their heads broken and are sent to hospital. this religious controversy — i know you don't want to say too much about it — but does it worry you that it's going to boil up when you get to the states? well, it worries me, yes, but i hope everything will be
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all right in the end, as they say. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the chinese telecoms giant huawei is suing the american government — because federal agencies have been barred from using its products. republican senator — martha mcsally — has said that she was raped by a superior officer while serving in the military. a new drug for depression — that's about to be approved in the us — claims it can relieve severe depression in hours instead of weeks. johnson and johnson's spravato is a nasal spray containing a chemical called esketamine — and it's been hailed as a major evolution in the treatment of depression. esketamine is a chemical cousin of the anaesthetic and party drug ketamine. it's estimated that some 300 million people around the world sufferfrom depression. and mental health disorders are estimated to cost the global economy some $1tn in lost productivity a year.
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for more on this lets speak to dr erick turner. erick served as a reviewer for the fda and is a current psychiatrist for the us veterans association — and who was also named on the fda advisory commitee that oversaw the approval of esketamine. it's a breakthrough in terms of the mechanism of action and in that it works in a way on different brain chemicals from drugs that we have on the market currently, particularly the market currently, particularly the ones that affect the so called serotonin system but is it a breakthrough in efficacy and how well it works and will it ultimately benefit patients. the question is not fully answered yet. obviously the manufacturers will have something to say. the trials didn't adequately demonstrate the drug's
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effectiveness and that the fda lowered their standards to approve it. the drug clearly does something bug does it do as much on how much compared to other antidepressants. lowering standards typically for an antidepressant which required to positive short—term trials, four weeks or perhaps longer. they were able to demonstrate superiority to placebo statistically in only one of those three trials. they borrowed for a second positive trial, the results of a longer term trial. a randomised withdrawal study. it is probably different from your point of view. this is intended for people i suppose, early far down the line. people with treatment resistant
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depression is the phrase, i think. people for whom other forms of treatment have failed. exactly. the definition of treatment resistant depression, the regulatory do —— definition that fda in the drug company used, is not what one would use in the real world. he was less stringent. having to failed to antidepressants. the two antidepressants. the two antidepressants could be in the same class. i'm not sure if you have the same brand name is in the uk but prozac and zoloft are two drugs in the same family which are called ssris. in the real world, someone would probably not move on from prozac or zoloft but if they did,
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you couldn't call them resistant to all antidepressants, just that particular class. will this work are the really tough patients who truly have failed a number of antidepressants. i'm sorry to interrupt you, ketamine has such a name as a recreational drug, a party drug. in this case, it's going to be quite hard to get hold of. it will only be administered in a doctor ‘s surgery. only be administered in a doctor ‘s surgery. under supervision. in only be administered in a doctor ‘s surgery. undersupervision. in the
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patient will not be a water drive him or her home. it will be different from standard pharmaceutical that one picks up in their local pharmacy. —— and the patient will not be able to drive home. this is the brazilian president tweeted a clip from carnival, saying fund —— some things were now normal. some have accused the president for retaliating against protests against him. with brexit only days away, a new exhibition called 0nly human hasjust opened in london, featuring the work of martin parr — a photographer who has been capturing the lives of ordinary britons for more than two decades. he's been speaking to our arts
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editor will gompertz. the television presenter of long running quiz, jeopardy, has confirmed he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. alex trebek announced the diagnosis in a video message. trebek has been at the helm of "jeopardy!" since 1984, setting a guinness world record injune 2014 for the most episodes — 6,829 — of a game show hosted normally, the prognosis that this is not very encouraging. i'm going to fight this. trebek has been at the helm of "jeopardy!" since 1984, setting a guinness world record injune 2014 for the most episodes — 6,829 — of a game show hosted with brexit only days away, a new exhibition called 0nly human hasjust opened in london, featuring the work of martin parr — a photographer who has been capturing the lives of ordinary britons for more than two decades. he's been speaking to our arts editor will gompertz. whether it's ladies dancing
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in margate, men preparing lobster in cornwall or someone supping a cuppa of alice in wonderland themed tea, martin parr has been photographing the british at work, rest and play for nearly half a century. this is st mark's road, which is in easton in bristol, and i came here last summer for iftar, which is a festival they have organised by the muslim community where they break the fast at the end of the evening for ramadan. he's spent the last two years observing and documenting the divided communities that make up brexit britain. a lot of the people i photographed, i didn't speak to. mmm. i'm not even assuming that they were in one direction or another. in a sense, i'm leaving it open for people to interpret how they like.
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often the iconography of what they believe in is often very similar to those on both sides of the argument. so some of the cliches, if you like, of british life that i've tried to capture, like postboxes and hats and fetes, very fond of. you've got to have the contradictions of british modern life, you know? we are a modern country and yet we are so... if you look at the establishment here, they are almost feudal. i love this guy here, you know, at harrow school. and here he is, he'sjust come out of one of these quirky sort of quasi—rugby football completely covered in mud, and literally half an hour later, here he is, i assume thousands of photographs a year. thousands of them. and most of which are not very good. i mean, the great thing about photography, it looks so easy, you just put your camera up and take the picture, yet it's one of the
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hardest artforms to get on top of and actually show your own personal vision through images and through your work. and what's the hit rate? if you take thousands a year, how many good ones are there? if i got half a dozen to ten pictures that are good in a year, i'd be very happy. to get a good photograph, you've got to have... you've got to have a little twist, a little story that, you know, once you look at it and you realise there's something else going on as well. that's what you're aiming to sort of find those moments where everything can reveal itself. when you see martin parr‘s satirical, colourful pictures of britain as a group, it's notjust individuals revealing themselves, but the personality of an entire country. will gompertz, bbc news. we're living in an age of rapid technological change. the way we work is being transformed and there are concerns some older traditions are being lost. that's certainly the worry at a company in eastern germany — which produces a very particular kind of product — garden gnomes. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. meet iris and reinhardt and their little friends. for nearly 150 yea rs, little friends. for nearly 150 years, this factory has been churning out garden gnomes. lots and lots of garden gnomes. translation:
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i say here garden gnomes were not only invented but brought to life, a symbol of hard work from the mine. at one point, there were 60 of us working here. now, there are three of us. and soon there may be none. believe it or not, production was banned by communist east germany for several years after the war. these days, the estimated gnome population of the country was 25 million but as popular as they may be, the job of making them is less so. there are two possibilities. either a work until i'm 100 or the garden gnomes reproduced by themselves. the third option is to find them. the company may have to shut up shop if no buyer is found. less high hope, more oh, no. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team
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on twitter — i'm @bbc mike embley. a vigorous jet stream pushing areas of low pressure right across the uk is the weather pattern we're in. and we are staying in all the way through the weekend into next week as well. here is a recent satellite picture. this is swirl of cloud is an area of low pressure, edging its way eastwards. but as it does that it is dragging in behind it some colder air as well. and what will be a strong and gusty wind as we go on through thursday. we've still got some wet weather to clear away as well. most noticeable, for thursday's weather, will be that strong wind. and for many of us how much colder it feels compared with wednesday. this is how we are starting the day. nothing particularly cold first thing, there is too much wind and cloud for the temperatures to have dropped too far overnight,
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and this is where we are starting the day with wet weather through northern ireland, scotland, some hill snow. it is pushing slowly southwards during the day, but not much reaching the far south of wales or southern england until quite late on. and, again, that's moving south with strong, gusty winds. let us take a wind speeds and temperatures during the afternoon at three o'clock and where the wet weather will be. very gusty winds. much of scotland will be brightening up. a few showers following on. wintry on the hills. brightening up for northern ireland through the afternoon. a lot of cloud through northern england, into the midlands, east anglia, with the outbreaks of rain pushing south. bright spells in south wales into southern england, the odd passing show during the day. very gusty winds. we will pick up showers in the far south and south—east. that is clearing away on thursday night and into friday morning. as that happens and the winds eventually ease, temperatures will drop away. plenty of widespread
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frost as friday begins. temperatures will be lower, away from towns and city centres. highland scotland could be —5 or —6 as friday begins. the odd mist and fog match. a lot of sunshine to start the day, not going to last. quite quickly cloud increasing from the west. quite a cold feeling day. you can see more hill snow to come in scotland out of that. that's friday covered. i want to show you the big picture for the weekend. still with the jet stream driving weather disturbances across us. it will be wet at times over the weekend.
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